06012019-TT-01.qxd 05-01-2019 22:29 Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.6 | 50 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | sunday, january 6,2019 PREFERRED TO COMPLETE PROJECTS TO WAIVING LOANS: MODI PAGE 7 BEST INVESTMENTS FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR SPECTRUM /thetribunechd ! himachal pradesh TRUMP THREATENS EMERGENCY TO GET FUNDS FOR BORDER WALL PAGE 19 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com De-addiction drug deal exposed SP BSP broadly agree , Gujarat, U’khand pharma firms under scanner for illegal Punjab supply Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Mallya fugitive offender, assets can be taken over Mumbai, January 5 A special court set up under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) today declared absconding liquor baron Vijay Mallya a “fugitive economic offender” (FEO). It allows the government to confiscate his properties under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act. Mallya is the first industrialist to be declared an FEO under the law enacted by the Modi government last year. Hearing a petition by the Enforcement Directorate, Special Judge MS Azmi of the PMLA court declared Mallya an FEO under Section 12 of the Act. A plea by Mallya’s counsel to stay the order in order to enable him to file an appeal was rejected. The court will begin hearing arguments for attachment of Mallya’s properties on February 5. The government will now be in a position to confiscate Mallya’s properties, even abroad, whether or not they were purchased using proceeds of any crime he has been charged with. — TNS Chandigarh, January 5 De-addiction drug buprenorphine, which has emerged as a new kind of addiction in Punjab, is making illegal inroads into the state from pharmaceutical manufacturers in Gujarat and Uttarakhand, it has come to light. A few months back, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Punjab, recovered 1.6 lakh tablets of the habitforming drug from a wholesaler in Ludhiana. Further investigation led to three pharmaceutical companies in Gujarat and Uttarakhand. As per instructions of the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), buprenorphine can only be supplied directly to de-addiction centres. However, as the market is thriving in Punjab, unscrupulous elements are purportedly getting it manufactured from Gujarat and Uttarakhand and selling it illegally to de-addiction centres and chemists. The medicine is reaching Punjab through lesserknown courier companies, railway transportation and Volvo buses. Last week, Punjab’s FDA teams visited several transport and courier companies and railway authorities to sensitise them. Acting on a tip-off, the FDA OVERDOSE OF SALT THAN LEGALLY ALLOWED The Tribune had last year highlighted how Punjab’s de-addiction programme had turned out to be a new addiction as the dose of the de-addiction drug buprenorphine being sold in the state contained an overdose of salt than is legally allowed. The fact came to the fore when the FDA tested the medicines in a laboratory. The medicines pertained to three companies — Addnok, Cizdol, QTRUGS. WHAT MANUFACTURERS HAVE TO SAY ■ Mahendra Racha, Manag- ing Director of Zenith Healthcare Ltd, claimed they had not supplied any medicine directly to any distributor in Punjab. He said they have replied to the queries of FDAs of Gujarat and Punjab ■ The spokesperson for Theo Pharma Pvt Ltd refused to comment, saying the directors are out of state ■ Umesh Patel of Talent Health Care, Haridwar, refused to comment raided wholesaler Oracle Laboratories in Ludhiana where a cache of buprenorphine and a combination of buprenorphine and nalexone tablets worth Rs 46 lakh was recovered. The owner, it was revealed, was getting the medicines from three manufacturers: Talent Health Care, Haridwar (Uttarakhand); Theo Pharma Pvt Ltd in Gandhinagar (Gujarat) and Zenith Healthcare Ltd in Ahmedabad. Not only Punjab, the Ludhiana wholesaler had a supply network in Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan as well. The name of several deaddiction centres and doctors in Rohtak, Sonepat, Jind, Bikaner and Delhi also cropped up during the investigation. However, Vikas Bansal, Director, Oracle Laboratories, claimed he had a valid licence to supply the medicine. “Why have we been singled out when there are at least 15 companies in Punjab doing the same thing?” he questioned. The state’s FDA has asked Gujarat and Uttarakhand FDAs to investigate, saying the manufacturers were violating the 2010 instructions of DCGI, as per which the manufacturers of fixed-dose combination of buprenorphine and nalexone sublingual tablets can supply only to the designated de-addiction centres and hospitals with deaddiction facility. Any other sale channels are banned. Besides that, one brand of medicine (CPCOD-N 0.5mg) was being manufactured by the three companies, which is again a violation of Sections 18(a) and 17-B of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. The legislation prescribes that one brand of medicine cannot be manufactured by different manufacturers. The FDA, meanwhile, has cancelled the licence of Oracle Laboratories. Pardeep Kumar, Joint Commissioner, FDA, Punjab, acknowledged that the way buprenorphine was making way into Punjab was of serious concern. “We are trying to plug all the loose channels,” he said. 7school kids die in Sirmaur mishap Mishra BJP poll incharge for Hry, It was their last day in school before winter break I Bus driver killed too Khanna J&K Tribune News Service Solan, January 5 Seven schoolchildren were killed and 11 injured when a school bus (HP-71-4993) fell into a 150-foot-deep gorge in Khadroli village on the Sangrah-Dadahu road this morning. Driver Ramswarup (40) was killed too. The bus was ferrying students of DAVN school, Dadahu, in the Renukaji area of Sirmaur. It would have been their last day in school before the winter break. Seven grievously injured children were referred to the PGI and Government Medical College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, while five were hospitalised at Nahan. Three children died on the spot. Three more succumbed to injuries at the Nahan Medical College. An ambulance carrying five children developed a snag. They had to be taken to hospital in a private vehicle. Among the dead were siblings Abhishek (7) and San- The ill-fated bus of DAVN, Dadahu, which rolled down a gorge on the Sangrah-Dadahu road. TRIBUNE PHOTO jana (6), residents of Sangrah, Sameer (5), Kartik (14), Adarsh (7), Natik Chauhan (5) and Aarushi. Except for Kartik, who was a Class VI student, the rest were studying in UKG, Class I and Class II. Regional Transport Officer Sunil Sharma said as per initial reports, the bus seemed to have developed a mechan- ical fault. “Despite the driver applying the brakes, the bus tilted towards the right and rolled down the gorge.” He said there was enough room for manoeuvring and the road was in good condition too. So was the bus. Deputy Commissioner Lalit Jain, who monitored relief and rescue operations and visited the injured, said an inquiry had been ordered and Sangrah SDM Rajesh Dhiman asked to submit a report in 15 days. He said the families of those killed had been given Rs 20,000 as immediate relief and the injured Rs 10,000 each. Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr Rajiv Bindal visited those recuperating at the Nahan Medical College. New Delhi, January 5 Senior BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh Kalraj Mishra and Madhya Pradesh leader Vishwas Sarang have been appointed incharge and coincharge for Haryana’s 10 Lok Sabha seats for the 2019 General Election. BJP chief Amit Shah today appointed party election incharge and co-incharge for eight states for the LS poll, including vice-chief Avinash Rai Khanna for Jammu and Kashmir and Tripura. Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and BJP MLA CT Ravi will look after Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar islands; Health Minister JP Nadda Uttar Pradesh, while national general secretary Muralidhar Rao and Kiran Maheshwari will manage Karnataka. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Jayaram Singh Pawada will oversee issues related to seven Delhi LS constituencies. — TNS 44 FIRs filed in 10 Haryana districts for GSTscam ~174-cr fraud through invoices of ~1,472 cr I Firms in name of unsuspecting women Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 5 Suman Devi (40), who ekes out a living by mopping floors in Gurugram, may not have imagined in the wildest of dreams that a firm running in her name did business of Rs 426 crore in just two months to dupe the government of over Rs 40-crore GST. She had just signed some papers brought by acquaintances Naveen and Praveen who told her she would get government scheme benefits. Now, her name will figure in the 44-odd first information reports (FIRs) lodged by the Excise and Taxation Department in 10 districts of Haryana today against nonexistent firms, which are alleged to have hoodwinked the government of Rs 174.50 crore through input tax credits by issuing bogus invoices of Rs 1,472.48 crore. Like Suman, Poonam of Nimoth village in Rewari, Preeti of Rohtak and Vaishali of Narnaul are among several unsuspecting women who will face criminal cases for cheating and forgery. Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Excise and Taxation, said orders have been issued to Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioners (DETCs) of Rohtak, Mahendergarh, Rewari, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Hisar, Bhiwani, Guru- FIRs ON BOGUS BILLS PANIPAT 21 NARNAUL 1 FATEHABAD 8 REWARI 1 HISAR 4 GURUGRAM 1 SIRSA 3 BHIWANI 1 ROHTAK 3 Y’NAGAR 1 Amount of input tax credits (ITC) blocked by dept ~13.7crore gram (East), Yamunanagar and Panipat to lodge FIRs against 44 fake firms. The Additional ETC (Enforcement) has told them to mention names of the accused, mobile numbers, addresses, modus operandi of evasion of tax, details of bills and invoices, copies of returns and other information relevant to the FIRs. Kaushal said Anupam Singla, son of Krishan Singla, erstwhile trader doing business in shop number 25 of Anaj Mandi, Sirsa, has been found to be the kingpin in several firms. “He opened firms at Rohtak, Kanina, Bhuna and Gurugram by paying Rs 7,000 per month to people like Naveen and Praveen, both brothers, and Charan Singh, who would help open firms in names of Today’s issue is of 50 pages, including six-page Spectrum and 22-page additional pullout. unsuspecting women,” Kaushal explained. He said the department is taking up the case for reference to the DGP Crime Branch, for inter, district inquiries. Kaushal said a departmental inquiry has been ordered to detect any collusion of officers. “In Haryana, we have 4.4 lakh units registered under GST. At the time of VAT, 2.5 lakh units were registered. Officers are repeatedly instructed to verify newly registered units,” he added. Meanwhile, Haryana has decided to strengthen the enforcement in GST and Excise. Kaushal said the CM has sanctioned 350 cops for the enforcement division. on seat-sharing in UP 2 seats for RLD I No candidates for Amethi, Rae Bareli Shahira Naim Tribune News Service Lucknow, January 5 With Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav meeting in New Delhi and reaching a broad agreement on seat-sharing, the suspense over a BSP-Samajwadi Party alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections is over. Sources said SP national president Akhilesh Yadav had a two-hour meeting with BSP chief Mayawati at her residence on Friday, where it was agreed that the two parties would contest 37 seats each. Of the remaining six seats, two were kept for Rashtriya Lok Dal and two for a likely partner, such as Om Prakash Rajbhar’s Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party. It was decided that no candidate would be fielded from Amethi, represented by AICC president Rahul Gandhi, and Rae Bareli, the seat held by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. If others such as Peace Party and Nishad Party joined the ‘gathbandhan’, the SP would allot seats to them from its own quota. “The division of seats and names of candidates have Akhilesh Yadav Mayawati READY TO GO IT ALONE IN STATE: CONG LEADER New Delhi: Amid talks of a BSP-SP pact, a section of Congress leaders said the party was ready to contest the elections alone in the state. PL Punia, Congress MP and AICC in-charge in Chhattisgarh, remarked, “A coalition is not the be all and end all of the game.” Mayawati is said to be cut up with the Congress after she failed to strike a pre-poll arrangement in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Akhilesh Yadav too is reportedly unhappy with the Congress for denial of a ministerial berth to its party MLA who helped form a majority government in MP. However, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav described the BSP-SP pact minus Congress as “imaginary”. TNS AKHILESH MAY BE SUMMONED IN SAND MINING CASE PAGE 7 largely been decided,” said a leader. SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhury said a formal announcement was expected later this month. UP Congress chief Raj Babbar refused to comment, arguing Akhilesh and Mayawati had not issued any joint statement. Prior to the meeting, a series of closed-door meet- ings were held over the past several months, said sources. The SP-BSP alliance assumes significance as Uttar Pradesh sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha. In 2014, the BJP and ally Apna Dal had won 73 seats. However, the BJP lost three crucial byelections in 2018. This encouraged regional parties to stitch a state-level alliance. 3 lakh interest-free loan for Odisha self-help groups Puri: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced interest-free loans of up to Rs 3 lakh for women self-help groups (WSHGs) in the state. He was addressing the ‘Mission Shakti’ convention here, which was attended by about 50,000 women. There are around six lakh WSHGs in Odisha. He said the initiative would benefit about 70 lakh women. The announcement came hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Baripada to launch a basket of Central government projects worth over Rs 4,500 crore. The Chief Minister also distributed assistance of Rs 3,000 each to six lakh WSHGs as part of the efforts to digitally empower women. The BJP top brass has been making frequent visits to Odisha, where Assembly elections are due along with LS polls this year. PTI
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